18 September 2005
Parry and thrust
Last week Lachlan had a complaint about some aspect of Technorati. In a remarkably short time Dave Sifry, who for all practical purposes is Technorati, had an explanation and an apology posted as a comment.
Yesterday Sean Gleeson dismissed Google's new Blogsearch "It's Beta, all right," he said and recommended use of Technorati instead. In a remarkably short time Dave Sifry, who for all practical purposes is Technorati, had a thank-you posted as a comment.
As an old Usenet guy, I knew I'd seen this sort of thing before:
Kibo is, um, well, sort of hard to explain. He was this guy, right, and he used to grep the newsfeed for his name.
Oh, um, "grep" is a UNIX command that searches. So "grepping the newsfeed" means that he knew about any mention of Kibo anywhere on Usenet, and he'd respond. Kibo was everywhere! So he was a full-on Usenet god.
In view of the above, I postulate the following:
Dave Sifry is the new Kibo.
(Not to be confused with the old Kibo.)Posted at 6:35 PM to Blogorrhea